Alan Karns worked for thirty-five years in public education. Starting his career as a Secondary Math teacher in a rural school district near New Castle provided a good foundation. He was then worked for Millcreek School District in Erie, Pa as a high school and a Director of Curriculum. During the final years of his public school career he served as the Superintendent of the General McLane School District. Alan joined Mercyhurst University Education Department in 2010.